'Complexics-7' Seminar


Seminars for transdisciplinarity

The seventh seminar of the series Complexics, Complexics-7, was on  2nd  December 2015, at 18:30 h., in sala de professors [professor's room] in Josep Carner building at the Universitat de Barcelona. This seminar included the following:

- Session about Norbert Elias (video)
   by Josep Collet Sabé 
   Professor of Sociology of Education, FECHT. Universitat de Vic – UCC.
   Honorary Research Senior Associate, Institute of Education (University College London).

Jordi Collet and Sabé is Professor of Sociology of Education at UVic and Honorary senior research associate at the Institute of Education (University College London). He coordinated, together with Joan Estruch, the monograph in the journal Papers. Journal of Sociology about Norbert Elias (2011) and he elaborated his thesis on the changes in the processes of family socialization based on his theory of civilization.

Further information about Norbert Elias can be found in: http://papers.uab.cat/issue/view/v96-n2; http://www.norberteliasfoundation.nl;https://es.scribd.com/doc/111611472/Elias-Norbert-Sociologia-fundamental)


Norbert Elias (Breslau 1897 - Amsterdam 1990) studied medicine and philosophy and was the creator of the procedural and figurational sociology. From a complex perspective based on analysis of the interdependence between social and psychological elements, Elias proposes a historical analysis of the subject and modern society as a result of constant processes of civilization. His perspective, not enough (re)known yet, is an extraordinarily useful tool to understand better the present, personal, educational and social / linguistic social processes and understand them as a complement to analytical dimensions such as social inequalities and diversity, among others. It is clear his interest for a study of language and communication phenomenon from a broad and dynamic perspective. Their contribution falls fully within complexics approaches that are more contemporary.

This seminar was based on two parts. In the first one, it was provided a brief approach to the intellectual portrait of Elias. In the second, they were presented some of the questions that Elias made during his long personal and academic life and some of the most relevant answers that he gave.